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in their own language was an obvious highlight. then came the blessing -- to the city and to the world. >> we are joined now in our studio by our religious affairs correspondent. it has been a busy year for the pope and the catholic church. >> it has indeed. it started off in february when he appointed 22 new cardinals, all europeans, to correct, as he saw it, the imbalance in the college of cardinals, created by his predecessor, john paul ii, who appointed a lot of latin americans. the pope wanted to restore the balance, as he saw it. then, of course, although he is 86 or will be in april, he said he was not going to travel much. in fact, he traveled quite a bit. he was in mexico, in cuba. he went to lebanon, celebrated a mass just 80 kilometers from where the fighting was. it has been a very busy year. and he published the third volume of his study in jesus christ. >> last night on christmas eve, the pope made one, that caught a lot of people's eyes, which was about technology, quite critical comments about technology, which seemed quite a bit odd, given that he has only just started using
, they barely give a thought to other motorists. not a day goes by in chinese cities without a traffic accident. >> translator: when i am in a hurry, i cross streets even against red lights if there are no cars. >> translator: in china we have only one way to cross. if we all go at once, the green light is as good as on. >> translator: pedestrians have bad manners, but cyclists are the worst. they go too fast. >> reporter: chinese police conducted a survey of 10,000 people. they released their findings in november. almost 7 out of 10 people say they've ignored traffic lights. what did they do when people on foot tried to use a crosswalk without a signal? fewer than 30% of respondents say they would give the right of way and stop to allow pedestrians to cross. almost 40% say pedestrians should wait until the car has passed. as more people become better off, car ownership is soaring. chinese now own 230 million vehicles. compared to just five years ago, that's an increase of 50%. authorities have started to encourage safer road habits. on december 2nd they launched traffic safety day. it's an ann
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